Opinion: This is what Museveni didn’t learn from the assassination of Rev. Luwum

During the last week there was protests and riots in the Republic after the authorities arrested Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine in Luuka District on Thursday 19th November 2020. These demonstrations has cost over 50 people’s lives and more than 100 people injured.

The President and his party National Resistance Movement (NRM) haven’t acted righteous towards the dead, neither have shown any sorrow for all the deceased these days. Bobi Wine did after his release from Nalufenya Police Station. Show some concern and later hold a presser where he mourned the victims of the protests. That is more than what the government and the authorities did. Which has come with a lot of conspiracy and hoax to cover-up their actions towards the citizens.

This remind us about what former President Idi Amin Dada did to Reverend Janani Luwum assassination and how the state played that out. The state is repeating the sins of these acts. An government ironically claiming to be different then the ones running the governments in the past. However, it copies the lack of remorse and the active conspiracies without evidence to haunt for “criminals”.

President Museveni is repeating sins of the past. It is not a sign of strength … but of weakness. A sign that the Fundamental Change, which never appeared. As the state could again easily take lives, but don’t account or even care about the loss. Only finding others to pinned for their deaths. Instead of taking some responsibility for using soldiers, armed men in plained cloths and law enforcement shooting at civilians during the riots. Which in the end … caused the loss of a lot of lives and injured a lot more.

In 1977:

Washington Post Reported:

The prodecessor of the Anglican archbishop who died last week in Uganda said yesterday he has evidence that the archbishop. Janani Luwum, was shot to death, not killed in an automobile crash as Ugandan President Idi Amin has said” (…) “Amin’s message said he would welcome a delegation from any government to investigate the situation in Uganda. He said the country was calm after surviving a “dangerous situation” during which armed raiders entered the country” (Washington Post – ‘British Bishop Says Ugandan Was Murdered’ 22.02.1977).

New York Times Reported:

The turbulence, according to reports from refugees, has included the purging from the army of more than 2,000 members of these tribes, the power base of former President Milton Obote, whom Field Marshal Idi Amin overthrew six years ago. According to President Amin, the unrest has consisted of brief mutinies in the last few days by tribesmen in the army and also a coup attempt plotted by the late Anglican Archbishop, Janani Luwum, and others. The Archbishop, an Acholi, was officially said to have died in a car accident Feb. 16, but churchmen and others have charged that he was murdered. The church sources said that the campaign against churchmen and Lango and Acholi tribes began on Jan. 25, the sixth anniversary of Field Marshal Amin’s coup against President. Obote. Tribesmen were arrested, the sources said, and Christian churchmen interrogated” (Michael T. Kaufman – ‘(Churchmen Say Amin Is Carrying Out Drive Against 2 Uganda Tribes)’ 25.02.1977, The New York Times).

In 2020:

““Some of these groups are being used by outsiders, homosexuals, and others who don’t like the stability and independence of Uganda, but they will discover what they are looking for,” Museveni said. Museveni said those who started riots will ‘regret” because they are entering a terrain that is reserved for the NRM government” (Crispus Mugisha – ‘Museveni attacks homosexuals, foreign groups, says they are sponsoring opposition protests’ 20.11.2020, Nile Post)

In a statement signed by the deputy spokesperson of the UPDF Lt. Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF last week noted, “Following the lawlessness that broke out following the arrest by police of NUP (National Unity Platform) leader and credible intelligence about groups and individuals planning to plunge the country into chaos, UPDF will carry out extensive pre-emptive and decisive operations to deal with planned and premeditated designs of criminal elements.”” (Conan Businge – ‘Police steps up operations over riots, looting’ 23.11.2020, New Vision).

End note:

This is tragic that we are repeating ourselves. That history is repeated. Especially by someone like President Museveni who has history lessons on live performances all the time. The President uses so much of the speech to remind what he brought since 1986. The peace, the change and such.

However, what value has that peace, if you can die without any accountability and anyone taking responsibility? What value has life in the Republic if you can die, just for protesting for the leader you believe in?

The President should answer that, as he can so easily say he will crash and destroy others. Incite violence himself and use law enforcement for his own gains. However, these authorities are supposed to shield the citizens from people who actually kill and steal. They are not the ones who are supposed to be violating these law and committing these crimes in broad-daylight.

The UPDF and UPF are using conspiracies. The same does the President without proof. The UPF coming with shoddy investigations and cannot hold water. The UPF will not look at the Police Officers killing civilians and neither will the army.

The rioters was supposed to plunge the Republic into chaos in 2020. Just like the Reverend was supposed to do a coup d’etat against Amin. None of that would happen, but the authorities in both times wants to make true.

The NRM is not acting any different than Amin. That says a lot. This shows again how the whole Bush-War was wasted and a false liberation. Peace.

Opinion: Independence, but only for a few…

On the 9th October 1962 the Republic of Uganda got its independence from the United Kingdom. Instead of being a protectorate. It became its own entity and its own state. This was done by issuing the Uganda Independence Act. In which it states:

On the ninth day of October, nineteen hundred and sixty-two (in this Act referred to as “the appointed day”), the territories which at the passing of this Act are comprised in the Uganda Protectorate (that is to say, all those territories which, whether designated as kingdoms, districts or otherwise, are specified in section one of the Constitution set out in the Second Schedule to the existing Constitution Order, and whose boundaries are as mentioned in section two of that Constitution) shall together form part of Her Majesty’s dominions under the name of Uganda; and as from the appointed day Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom shall have no responsibility for the Government of Uganda or any part thereof. No Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed on or after the appointed day shall extend, or be deemed to extend, to Uganda, or any part of Uganda, as part of the law thereof; and as from that day the provisions of the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect with respect to legislative powers in Uganda” (Uganda Independence Act, 1962).

This again set fourth a battle to be supreme. Internal conflict and battles between the political elites. Which have culminated to today’s ways and means of centralized control within one person. Instead of building a government on protocol, institutionalized and with regulations. The state is all controlled from the “high above”.

That has been moved and switched heads in power. This has changed with the power of the gun. The coup d’etats and the use of foreign forces to bring the heads of state down. This being Dr. Milton Obote who reigned in two terms. This being Idi Amin Dada and so fourth. The previous Head of States was taken out by the guns. They lost power not by a peaceful transition, but that the latest victor get the reign.

The same can be said about the man in power today. His in power because of guns and not because of people’s glorious tales about rule. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is a rebel who took power. A man who deemed one election so fraudulent. That it gave him reason to challenge the state to war. This he succeeded with and has clung onto ever since.

This one man is free, his cronies are too and few elite individuals has all the powers of the state. They can do and is befallen all the gracious gifts of the state. These ones are untouchables and the ones who profits on the system. A system that has been created and is fuelled by the Presidency itself.

With this in mind, you can see. I haven’t mentioned liberty and freedom. Neither, have I mentioned justice or rule of law. Because, that is beneath the current state of affairs. Where everything is run as shop and the shopkeeper is the President. He can be bought, he can select who gets to trade and who gets the liberty to do things. If you are in his way, you will be punished and will be hurt. It is just a matter of what legal means and methods the state can use against you. The state will not blink to strike against the ones who are in the way of the President. That is the reality of it all.

This is why after 58 years of independence. The state is still an individual game. A place of where the adherent power is using all arms of government to promote itself. Instead, of being a partisan and open society. It is locked within the ruling regime and only a skin-deep “democratic values” put forward to appease friendly donors of the state.

The President has no interest is playing out a real democracy. He has dreamed of a movement system and have everyone underneath his ranks. The man would prefer to just have everyone within his own organization. This is why his belief of liberty, freedom and justice is limited. A limited world-view, where everything circles around him. That is the sad reality of today.

Museveni has given freedom to few, but not to the many. They have to follow him and his vision. If you don’t, you get punished or hurt. That is the mere reality. That is why the Nation isn’t free. Yes, the orders of London is gone, but the Entebbe State House is still suffocating people. Still, silencing the ones who dares to challenge the throne. They are monitored, surveillance and arrests the ones who goes across the correct line.

This is why…. its a state of a limited freedom. Where Museveni and his ways are limiting it. That is remains of today. As today could just be under the same banner as NRM Day. The President and his party celebrate both days the same. It is the same false liberation under the banner of one man. A man who wants to be foundation and the cornerstone of the Republic.

However, when history will be written. The ideals, the political dogma will be unleashed with all the skeletons that has to be answered for. Which until now… been left and lest we forget, these has to be liberated too. As they have to be remembered and never forgotten. These souls has get answers for… if they are not answered for. Then, we will repeat the same sins as our forefathers and we will not progress to a place of hope, freedom and liberty.

A place not ruled by ones man’s whim, but by the statutes, laws and regulations, which everyone will abide too. Also, the ones in the highest of offices and the poorest peasants too. That everyone is equal under the law. That everyone has the same rights and the prospects. Not just a few, not just the ones anointed by the “high above”. Peace.

Mzee’s unhinged speech

If you stand in the way of the NRM after patiently working and negotiating, we shall remove you. If you are doing other things, we may not be happy, but we shall ignore you” – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (20.08.2020).

Today is the final day of the National Resistance Movement Delegation Conference ahead of the 2021 elections. It has been very standard, but the today the President is holding his Address to the Nation. Which is like most of his speeches. He has done the same over the years. Tonight is no difference.

He will do his thing and tonight was nothing different. That’s why I will just take a few small quotes. Address them and call it a night.

Here we go:

I thank NRM people for participating in the past election. Stop being enemies of yourselves. Our only enemy is the one who tries to block our forward movement” (Museveni 20.08.2020).

That is why we fought with Idi Amin. Some people say we fought Amin because he killed people. Even if he hadn’t killed people, we would remove him because he didn’t understand our mission” (Museveni, 20.08.2020).

‘I have met people like Full Figure, Buchaman. I demand that the NRM leaders avoid the politics of elitism. In Luweero, when we were fighting, we were with the people” (Museveni, 20.08.2020).

It is just like we are supposed to brush over these things. That the President goes to these attacks on people. He does it so easily. Makes people targets and shows his attitude. The president always got to remove, crush or get rid off. That is just his ways and he doesn’t know anything else at this point.

What is also striking is that he continues to forge the narrative around the bush-war. It is a story that never gets old. It a revolving door. He even proves what was his mission. The mission wasn’t to liberate, but for him to rule. To ensure that the NRM got power. The importance wasn’t to get rid of Amin and Obote. No, it was only for the NRM to rule and for him to stay in power. This is what he initially stated today. You gloss over that, but incidentally what his saying, which is showing the grim reality of his reign. When that was the goal of the whole bush-war for him.

That his continuing to pound for the ghetto as a result of Bobi Wine’s rise. His doing this to prove his stature that and also his party. However, that is a neglected area. He can try to softly make it into the struggle story, but that doesn’t make it more true. As the NRM haven’t done much for the ghettos, but now want to be seen as the saviours of it.

Therefore, the whole speech today was just another one. There was nothing brilliant about it. Just another rant… Peace.

Opinion: LDU becoming the new SRB?

The more I see, the more vicious, more outrageous and more devastation there is. The Local Defence Unit (LDU) are a paramilitary, trained military outfit in the streets. The thousands of trained soldiers on the beat. Going around “supposedly” to secure the streets and the people in their area.

Instead we are seeing footage, pictures and reports of sudden death. Fatalities, people murdered in cold blood by these LDUs. Old people, students, farmers and roughing up Local Councillors. These LDUs got no nerves and can pop-off at any minute. They can be the judge, the hangman and the undertaker at the same moment.

It is just more of victims of these LDUs across the Republic. From Karamoja to Kampala. There is no place where they don’t kill. Where people are not murdered by the state paramilitary organization. Just within the lockdown there been about 60 people dead by the LDUs. While none has still officially been registered as dead as of COVID-19.

This is in 2020, where the only man with a vision. Where the self-styled President for life. The man who took the mantle and made peace. Inevitably have made his own State Research Bureau (SRB). Maybe Hotel Serena isn’t a torture house or a “safe house”, but there are plenty of other ungazetted “safe houses” throughout the Republic. There is also Nalufenya and Luzira awaiting political criminals any day now.

The LDUs with their potential of death. Could easily be our days SRB, which is profound. As the current day President always claims to be better than Obote and Amin. Still, he commit the same sins as the predecessors. Just think about the killings of Kasese, Muslim Clerics and High Ranking Officials who has died without any follow up in the courts or investigation over the years.

Life was cheap under Amin and Obote, but so it seems also under Museveni. Unless, your part of the Kitchen Cabinet and one of the inner circles. Then your life is more valued the gold minted in Entebbe.

When they easily assault, harm and kill individuals all across the Republic. That sets a bad precedence, but also signals of a starch warning to whom they come across. There is no justification, just being at the wrong place at the wrong time and you life can be ended.

If this so-called revolution of the 1980s was supposed to spark a difference, a fundamental change, why does it smell like the past?

Why does the actions of today’s paramilitary group act like the predecessors did?

Shouldn’t there be a difference and occasionally see significant change?

No, we are at the same junction. If it wasn’t for cellphones and footage of the violence, the extra-judicial killings. We wouldn’t know about it this quickly. It would be later in the bulletin in the Daily Monitor or New Vision. It is now for the world to see and its viral.

The same issues of the past. The ones that this administration, this regime was supposed to be different from. Apparently, it was all a lie. A rouse, a mirage, which triggered donors and believers. However, the innocent still dies on the hand of soldiers. They are named LDU, but could have just been the ugly cousin of the SRB. Peace.

Opinion: Is Amin relevant in 2020? [Mr. 1986 thinks so]

Uganda’s economy had collapsed completely during Amin’s time. There is no economy in the world that collapsed completely like Uganda. To revive this economy, our priorities were different from other neighboring countries. As a country, we budget to build a durable base and a viable political unit that will defend us. It’s like building the armed forces, if you don’t have an army, you don’t have education, security, health, etc”Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to US and Belgium Ambassadors at the Entebbe State House on the 25th June 2020

Sometimes I wonder, how come these folks are still in power and leading nations? Yes, we should never become so ignorant or forget our history. That is not my point here. History is important so we can learn and not do the same mistakes as our forefathers. Also get enlighten to create a better tomorrow.

However with that in mind, the statement released from yesterday’s meeting with US and Belgium Ambassador from the President is worrying. Since he needs to go back 40 years in time. He needs to go back to the time before the second stint of President Milton Obote. That’s how far he goes to give himself credit.

The President wouldn’t have gotten all the goodwill and the revival of the economy if it wasn’t for donors, grants and direct aid for years. The President was a donor darling in the 1990s and was blessed from everywhere. He even started some positive initiatives, which he never really finished. Just like the Standard Gauge Railway, Universal Primary Education for all and so fourth.

There are plenty of pledges and promises never realise or actually do. The President has promised the world, a fundamental change, but that hasn’t come. The King never let thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done. He has eaten in office and forgotten his vision, his vision and the 10 point programme.

That he praises his economy, when the budget is mostly financed with debt, raising loans and grants for development projects. There are over half of the budget covered with debt and already paying trillion of shillings a year only in interests alone. Therefore, him praising the economy is a bit far-fetched when deficit financing is the key to operate. You know something is up and that is why he needs to sweet-talk the dignitaries yesterday. They are the ones giving him the needed funds to cover his life-style and pay off his cronies.

The state have not the capacity nor the revenue to continue at the current state. That is why its loaning itself to oblivion. That is why the budgets are crushed and suddenly lacking funds for salaries, arrears and whatnot.

If he had so many achievements he wouldn’t need to beg foreigners for donations and grants. He has done this for over 3 decades. If he was such a great head of state the state would have been able to gain natural revenue on itself for its expenditure. However, we know that is not the case and his not interested in that.

I think if Amin’s reign is relevant for his achievements. today Yes he made peace, but a fake peace. A peace that is fragile, because he needs the army in every instance and at his beckon-call. There is very little remaining of his achievements. They are dwindling away and his merits on civic, social and political levels are being traded away for the cost of his prolonged reign. It is like he wants to burn the little efforts of the past on the glory of being the ruler at present day.

The rest wasn’t all him, but he tries to take credit for everything. He wants so badly to be the father of the nation, but lost his grip. Since he lost foothold of reality and of the course the Republic needed.

So in this regard, should the old man with the hat still be claiming greatness in comparison to Amin in 2020? Does the younger generation, the new electorate really care about that? Does the future hold another destruction of society and another civil created out of the space post-Amin?

If so, then the merits of Museveni is all at question. As the warnings that he might rejuvenate a similar fashion of elections like in 1980. That is how we are repeating the same ills of the past and letting one tyrant continue the tyranny. This is why the President wants to praise his achievements after him. Everyone will look golden if they are trying to compare themselves to Amin at this point.

Mr. 1986 should be careful about talking about his record, his achievements and his reign. The President has had his time. The time that he hasn’t spent wisely, except for finding ways to overstay.. Peace.

The Long Walk to False Liberation: “Africa Kwetu” by President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni’s trek code-named “Africa Kwetu” through the seven districts of Wakiso, Nakaseke, Mityana, Kiboga, Kasandha, Mubende and Kakumiro has been brought forward to January, 4th 2020. The trek is scheduled for six days and is meant to retrace routes used by the NRA fighters during the liberation struggle” (NBS Television, 01.02.2020).

Well, it is a long time ago when President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni took power. He took it and never left. The reality is that there was promise in this man, his words and his speeches resembled hope at one point. However, that point was a false flag, it was just an empty promise. With time he would prove that he was just like the previous masters, only more conning and willing to use all tools to stay in power.

Now, he works on his image, he tries to act as an elder statesman. Even though it is more lecturing and forged history lessons, than actually being an respected leader. If he would have joined this regarded people, who is seen as elder statesmen. He would have actually groomed someone before he had changed his own constitution to abolish term limits and age limit. You can be longer and older President, than what your allowed to as working-class, blue-collar civil servant in the state apparatus.

That is the Republic of Museveni. He wants to celebrate his legacy, his biggest victory, unleashing his National Resistance Movement and the renegades of 1980s. But they have become fat, entitled and enriching themselves on the benefit of the public. They are taking the land, the industries, the exports and the monetary wealth. While the rest is only getting the cold-leftovers. And with every election a small token of soap, a few thousands shillings and a free t-shirt if they are lucky.

That is what Museveni has brough them. If not, he changed the district they live in several of times, there been some Prime Ministers, some Vice-Presidents and even a few ministers. But, the President stands put, while everyone else comes and goes. Some NRA historicals are in the inner-circle, others are still having influence and matters locally. That is just the way it is.

So, the walk that is upcoming is more a propaganda show. It is to show how the NRA liberated the NRM, but didn’t liberate the public. Because, everyone else has to ask permission, get licences and so-on. The others has to be able and have the right connections to be able to do their thing. Not like everyone is allowed or have the ability to speak free, have the freedom to assemble and even communicate without consequences. That is because the President and his men wants everyone behind him. They cannot have rebels, even if they came out a rebellion themselves.

The walk towards “home” isn’t all that. It is a walk and a side-show, a long procession of finenessign the circumstances. However, the costs and the mockery of the events will happen. As the grandeur, the display as the latest victor will happen. The undermine every single other actor in the past. Every single one who lost and who was discarded will either be dishonoured or false claims upon. That is because Museveni and his men conquered and they WON.

President Museveni might do this as a display of power, history and call it liberty. It made him free, his associates, but it didn’t free the shackles of society. It just changed the master, made a more sinister ruler, who knows the ills of the past and uses those to his advantage. He knows the remedies, he spoke of them in the past, but he has instead revamped them and used those himself. That is the sort of leader he is.

So, for him in walk of celebration of greatness, of grandeur and prestige. Is just an attempt of selling his story to the next generation. Hoping they buy into the false promise and the false prophet of 1980s. The man for the peasants, the man for the villager, but instead became the man for himself. Peace.

Makerere University: Sound the alarm for more horror, not the bell for dialogue

Even as the Acting Vice Chancellor Umar Kakumba and Police Force earlier in the day called for dialogue. As the media houses are still in darkness on the acts done on campus. The little we do know is through the grapevine and through the leaks of the students with data-bundles and topping off airtime.

What we do know is that armed forces are again raiding the Lumumba Hall and Micthell Hall too. There are gunshots, live-bullets and tear-gas. That is done inside the halls as we speak at night. Students are targeted by armed personnel. Some says its the Special Force Command (SFC), others are saying military men in plain clothes. We cannot be certain, its not like the commander of these operations has gone public and taken credit for this assault on the student.

Its on its second week of assault, raids and violent oppression of the students at the campus of Makerere. The government persist with this and acts of indifference to the pleas of the student guild, the leadership and the needs of the students. As they want to violently overturn their voices.

They are torturing, making their homes as students into war-zones as the armed personnel barge into their lives with weapons and ammunition. We cannot know the possible damage nor the hurt this causes. Both the hurt of the flesh, but also the damage it does on the mental stability of these young students as their lives are shaken by the military presence in their homes.

This is the third raid, there are already plenty reporting on the amount of people already hospitalized and raped by the armed forces. With yet another night like this. We cannot rest assure, knowing that there will be more. Because, these men and these commander spear no-one apparently. They besiege and attack everyone into submission.

If this is what the NRA fought for, than they fought for nothing. Because this is the same old regime they overthrow. This is the same acts of brutality and insincere statehood, which the previous predecessors was known for. That is the memo the public gets from this, that the revolution eats its kids. In this instance, the youth studying at the prestigious Makerere University.

What is not yet verified is that the one leaked the video of tonight’s raid was shot and killed by the armed personnel there. We don’t know, but that is latest report on the matter. Also, that the raid is done to find the 7 ring leaders of the strike, but they cannot find them. Surely, this is a sinister act where the industrial action is not allowed and has to be treated like enemies of the state. That is the message the state is sending to these students and everyone living on campus. Peace.

Makerere University: Acting VC blames the victims for the violence…

“Management is investigating cases of violence. Students who beat their colleagues and disrupted lectures. We have received cases of students who were battered and forced out of lecture rooms by fellow students, these incidents were captured and recorded” Ag. VC Umar Kakumba (Makerere University, 28.10.2019).

This is so A-Typical the behaviour of a rouge state, where the perpetrators are walking scotch free and the ones hurt, vilified and terrorized is the criminals. In this instance, it’s the students, the ones living on campus and at the Ivory Tower. The ones living at Lumumba and so on. They are the ones who has to be investigated.

Even if the army put up a army barracks, as the photos, the video-clips and so-on shows the intention of the armed forces violating the premises, hurting the students and the police later arresting them. There was 100 students arrested, central guild leaders, some are even kidnapped and not known where they are located as I write. Therefore, the Management of the University should be a bit more careful putting the blame on the students here.

This is washing away the blame for having soldiers violating the students rights to demonstrate, the police arresting them and the court allowing them out on bail. While several are in the hospital and one reported dead after the damages done. While the real numbers from the actions made last week is yet to be known. Because, this violence and this sort of actions doesn’t come without any results.

The state went in gung-ho. They went in with fierce precision, tear-gas, raiding the homes and hostels, they arrested and tortured the students. Now, days after this, the Acting VC blames them! How dare he? They don’t have tear-gas and weapons, that is what the state has.

Let’s be serious. This is a real infliction of harm on the future generation, this is showing how remorseful the leadership of today is. That they cannot stomach demonstrations, from the hot-seat of it in the Republic. There has always been rebellion and demonstrations at Makerere. As long as I can remember, but not with the assault of armed soldiers in the harms way of the students. This isn’t common and neither common sense.

The management and the state today are now throwing shade on the ones tortured, arrested and hospitalized. They are saying indirectly its their fault. They will investigate fellow students, but not the soldiers acts of oppression. The videos has exposed this, but hasn’t been touched, because then the Management of Makerere Univeristy would challenge the government and it cannot do that.

Therefore, it is the game of blaming the victim, to make the perpetrator innocent. It’s disgusting and disgraceful. Peace.

Makerere University letter to Guild President Kateregga (27.10.2019)

Makerere University Protests: A return of a grim past, which is now haunting the campus!

7. Functions of the Defence Forces

The functions of the Defence Forces are –

(c) to foster harmony and understanding between the defence forces and civilians” (UPDF Act 2005).

What we have seen of photos,videos and so on from Makerere University this week has been heartbreaking. Combined with the efforts of the army to console power, assault the halls of student housing on campus and done despicable acts of violence. This is soldiers in plain clothes violating students and their homes, while cracking down on their industrial action of protest against rising student fees. Therefore, we have seen insufferable levels of violence against civilians by soldiers at Makerere.

The UPDF have thrown tear-gas into rooms, raided rooms of students, raped and arrested them. They have tortured and done acts no-one should ever do. Still, they have done this on orders by the army and gotten there because the Vice-Chancellor Barnabas Nawangwe who got them to torment the students.

First I will show two statements from the last few days, than show reporting of the Idi Amin era. There been over 100 arrested, 49 students issued for release today after the Buganda Court and one confirmed dead after the last days protest at Makerere. Surely, a sign off what the government and authorities does. There also been reports of gun-shots and muffling of journalists, also road-blocks to the University. Therefore, very little information coming out from there. That’s why the verification and the total numbers after the raids, the guns, tear-gas and other violations of the University is uncertain at this point. Therefore, its fitting to show the Idi Amin era too, because there is where we are heading with this sort of mess.

Francis Zaake MP statement:

The Guild President Kateregga Julius and other concerned parties who went to check on the detained students at Wandegeya Police Station were blocked for no good reason. As a legislator, I am also concerned about why the military has of late taken over police duties whenever citizens – or students in this case – stage peaceful protests. This is not the role originally envisaged for the army when the UPDF Act was being enacted by Parliament. Ironically, almost none of the armed men responsible for today’s brutality can ably afford to educate their son or daughter at Makerere using their meagre salary” (Saabi Marvin – ‘OPINION: With the Current Tuition Trend, Students Like Suubi Won’t Dare Carry their Metallic Suitcases to Makerere in 5 Years – MP Zaake’ 23.10.2019, CampusBee).

Prof Twinomugisha statement:

What happened in Lumumba is reminiscent of Amin soldiers’ brutal treatment of students and lecturers. Anyone pretending that the situation is normal is like the proverbial ostrich hiding his or her head under the sand. Imagine your son or daughter in a room. Military thugs forcifully open the door, pull him or her out amidst beatings. Your daughter being raped, molested or assaulted! Ladies and gentlemen, this militarization of all institutions, including the Ivory Tower, the citadel of higher learning, must be condemned by all people of good conscience” (Prof Ben Twinomugisha – Statement, 25.10.2019).

Here we have seen statements made on what has happen during this week. Now we will go back in time to the authorities back-in-the-day, the ones that the President was supposed to liberate this students from.

Under Idi Amin:

His statement also coincided with reports that the vice-chancellor of Uganda’s Makerere University and two other academics had been arrested, and possibly killed; and that the elimination squads of the State Research Bureau (SRB) and Public Safety Unit (psu)—whose ranks are made up mainly of Muslim members of Amin’s own tribe, the Kakwa, and other loyal “Nubians” from the west Nile area— were once again at work among the Christians of the Acholi and Langi tribes” (Stewart Sommerlad – ‘Of course Amin must go. The question is: who’ll send him?’, 07.03.1977, Maclean’s).

Vice Chancellor Frank Kalimuzo disappeared in 1972 after provoking Amin’s wrath. In 1976, secret police shot and killed law student Paul Serwanga and dragged away the leader of a women’s dormitory, Nanziri Bukenya. Her body was found later in the countryside. Makerere students staged two major protests in 1976. The first spread into downtown Kampala and was joined by thousands of non-students. The second was confined to the campus and brutally broken up by security forces” (David Crary – ‘‘Oxford of E. Africa’ Tries to Rise Again : Uganda’s Esteemed Makerere University Crippled by Amin’s Terror, Neglect, War” 29.12.1985, LA Times).

Kampala — President Amin addressed Makerere on March 8, 1976 over the shooting of law student Paul Sserwanga in Kampala. After the address, State Research agents and military policemen arrested three suspected student leaders of the anti-Amin demonstration staged the previous day” (Fred Guwedekko – ‘Uganda: 1976: Idi Amin becomes ‘Dr’, 05.07.1998, The Monitor).

We are still not at the point where the soldiers are killing and taking people away to unknown locations. But we have seen bad footage of situations, where the students are getting violated, where the soldiers are tormenting them at night. This is what the soldiers are doing to civilians or students, who are justified to raise their concerns over the raising prices of their fees. They have only a few small avenues to talk about their concerns and the best way to get one the radar of those in power. Is to actually with protests and marches.

Therefore, the answer of the state to do this to them. Is actually devastating, that the ones supposed to shield the Republic is hurting them. This isn’t enemies of the state, spies or murders even, these are average students or citizens who happen to study at Makerere. That is why this shows at what extent this government goes to silence dissidents. That they are torturing them and tear-gasing them.

The acts of Idi Amin has been said to be bad, but the acts under Museveni is clearly not better. He uses soldiers to address to students. That’s the sort of tyrant he is, he cannot listen or do the right thing.

What is more striking, that the UPDF are breaching parts of the UPDF Act of 2005. Which is too ensure harmony with civilians. What they have been doing this week is in breach of that and shows their intent. This isn’t how its supposed to be, but that is what they are doing. Instead they are inducing fear, intimidation and a violent crackdown, which haven’t been done there in years.

There are also unverified reports that today on the 25th October 2019, there are students who are killed by bullets. Shot dead by the soldiers on the campus today. “A few” students are the numbers, which cannot be specified, but surely that will come out. As every single student hurt by this is scorn for life. The state did this to them. The UPDF who supposed to keep them safe, made them unsafe and even took some of their lives.

They will known for the same acts as the ones the previous generation were known for overthrowing. That really says something about our time and how a liberator, became the same tyrant, as the ones he liberated the people from. Peace.